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Curriculum

Curriculum

There are three semesters in the graduate programs at Messiah College, fall, spring, and summer. The Graduate Program in Higher Education offers its courses in an 8-week online format during the fall and spring semesters.  

During the summer, courses are offered in an 8-week online format as well as a one-week intensive format. The late summer intensive course requires students to be on campus for one full week and thereafter complete any further assignments for the course.

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Required Core Courses (18 credits)

HIED 511 Foundations of Higher Education (3)
HIED 512 Organizational Culture and Governance in Higher Education (3)
HIED 513 Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness (3)
HIED 514 Equity Issues in Higher Education (3)
HIED 515 Strategic Leadership in Higher Education (3)
HIED 516 Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education (3)

Academic Support Services Concentration (18 credits; 36 total)

HIED 520 Academic Engagement and Learning in Higher Education (3)
HIED 525 Curriculum Development in Higher Education (3)

Any two of the following courses (6):
HIED 551 College and University Environments (3)
HIED 553 Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
HIED 555 Spiritual Formation in Higher Education (3)
HIED/EDME 580 Educational Research Methods (3)
HIED 591 Independent Study (3)
COUN 528 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)
EDME/COUN 551 Effective Practices for Every Learner (3)

Capstone Requirement (6):
HIED 562 Internship in Higher Education(3)

One of the following:*
HIED 563 Internship ll in Higher Education (3)
HIED 565 Thesis (3)

College Athletics Management Concentration (18 credits; 36 total)

HIED 530 Collegiate Sport Administration (3)
HIED 531 Events and Facilities Management in College Athletics (3)
HIED 532 Marketing and Sponsorship in Intercollegiate Athletics (3)

One of the following courses (3):
HIED 537 Compliance and Regulation in Intercollegiate Athletics (3)
HIED 551 College and University Environments (3)
HIED 553 Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
HIED 555 Spiritual Formation in Higher Education (3)
HIED/EDME 580 Educational Research Methods (3)
HIED 591 Independent Study (3)

Capstone Requirement (6):
HIED 562 Internship in Higher Education(3)

One of the following:*
HIED 563 Internship ll in Higher Education (3)
HIED 565 Thesis (3)

Strategic Leadership Concentration (18 credits, 36 total)

LEAD 501 The Character of a Leader (3)
LEAD 505 Influence Strategies (3)
LEAD 510 Effective Leadership Communication Strategies (3)
LEAD 515 Best Practices in Leadership (3)

Capstone Requirement (6):

HIED 562 Internship in Higher Education(3)

One of the following:*
HIED 563 Internship ll in Higher Education (3)
HIED 565 Thesis (3)

Student Affairs Concentration (18 credits; 36 total)

HIED 550 Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)
HIED 551 College and University Environments (3)

Two of the following courses (6):
HIED 520 Academic Engagement and Learning in Higher Education (3)
HIED 553 Enrollment Management in Higher Education (3)
HIED 555 Spiritual Formation in Higher Education (3)
HIED/EDME 580 Educational Research Methods (3)
HIED 591 Independent Study (3)
COUN 528 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)

Capstone Requirement (6):
HIED 562 Internship in Higher Education(3)

One of the following:*
HIED 563 Internship ll in Higher Education (3)
HIED 565 Thesis (3)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Concentration (18 credits; 36 total)

Students completing this concentration will be awarded a Messiah College TESOL certificate as well as a master's degree as part of fulfilling the requirements for the Master of Arts in Higher Education. 

All 4 of the following courses (12 credits):
EDME 502 Advanced Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education (3)
EDME 518 Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Context (3)
EDME 520 Applied Linguistics: Grammar and Phonology in TESOL (3)
EDME 521 TESOL Methods and Assessment with Field Experience (3)

Capstone Requirement (6):
HIED 562 Internship in Higher Education(3)

One of the following:*
HIED 563 Internship ll in Higher Education (3)
HIED 565 Thesis (3)

Higher Education, Individualized Concentration (18 credits; 36 total)

Any 4 of the following courses (12):
HIED 520 Academic Engagement and Learning in Higher Education (3)
HIED 530 Collegiate Sport Administration (3)
HIED 550 Student Affairs in Higher Education (3)
HIED 551 College and University Environments (3)
HIED 555 Spiritual Formation in Higher Education (3)
HIED/EDME 580 Educational Research Methods (3)
HIED 591 Independent Study (3)
COUN 510 Lifespan Development (3)
COUN 511 Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals (3)
COUN 528 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)
COUN 532 Group Counseling (3)
COUN 539 Human Sexuality (3)
COUN 550 Crisis, Trauma, and Grief Counseling (3)
EDME 502 Advanced Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education (3)
EDME/COUN 551 Effective Practices for Every Learner (3)

Capstone Requirement (6):
HIED 562 Internship in Higher Education (3)

One of the following:*
HIED 563 Internship ll in Higher Education (3)
HIED 565 Thesis (3)

*Students with two or more years of professional higher education experience or those serving as Graduate Assistants may be granted approval to take an additional elective course in place of these two options. 

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